Betina Hershey Russo currently performs as a vocalist and guitarist in various bands including the Hot Jazz Jumpers, Nick Russo Latin Trio, and Banjo Nickaru and His Western Scooches.  They perform concerts, clubs, and private events for a wide range of audiences.  Betina runs the Garden Players Program, musical theater for kids grades 1 - 10 in Forest Hills, Queens.  She writes original musicals for kids and the past few musicals have appeared in festivals including the Broadway Workshop summer festival and have been published by Beat by Beat.  She also teaches partner dancing, private voice, guitar and piano lessons.  Betina is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Musical theater program for kids.

1920s jazz, New Orleans, Cajun, blues, and more

Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Americana, and more
songwriter, singer, dancer, poet


Betina Hershey (Russo)
917 204-5647 cell         
Soprano: low F to high E   

Musical Theater Performer

Phantom of the Opera - Meg - Music Box Nat’l Tour (Webber)

West Side Story - Anybodys - Europe & Asia Tour – Joey McNeely

Pump Boys and Dinettes Jackie (pump girl- guitar, tap) New Harmony – Scott LaFeber

The Fantasticks  - Luisa  - Jenny Wiley Theatre

Swing, The Musical! - Lindy Feature (w/ Mark Eckstein) - DTC choreographed by Gary & Lisa McIntire

Fame - Ms. Bell (assist. chor.) - MTN with choreographer Susan Streeter

Stop The World, I Wanna Get Off - Anya - MTN

Brigadoon - Maggie - Rockwell

... and more

Concerts and Festivals

Bermuda Guitar Festival - jazz singer with guitarist Nick Russo

Pirates of Penzance Isabel (dance captain) City Center  - Gilbert And Sullivan Players

Iolanthe Fleta City Center – NYGASP

Bermuda Guitar Festival vocal & guitar duo with guitarist Nick Russo

NY Fast Folk Legacy voice, guitar, harmonies The Bottom Line

WFUV voice & guitar live with Jack Hardy

... and more

SAG Film

Mona Lisa Smile (Julia Roberts film) Principle Dancer (swing, quick-step, tango, rumba)

Enchanted (Disney film) Principle Dancer (waltz, foxtrot)


Private Instructor (2002 – present) Voice, Guitar, Ballroom, Musical Theater and Drama Lessons 

The Garden Players (2002 – present) Director/Teacher – Musical Theater Program for Kids, Forest Hills (K-9th)

Making Books Sing (2004 – present) Musical Theater Writing Teaching Artist (2-5th Grades)

Church-In-The-Gardens (2002 – 2010) Children’s Choir Director (1st -12th Grade)

Dancing Classrooms (2003 – 2010) Ballroom Dance Teacher – NYC public schools (Mad Hot Ballroom) 

2 of my teams made it to the Winter Garden Finals

Wagner College, Staten Island (2005 – 2007) Adjunct Professor:  Advanced Ballet, Jazz, Contact Improv (Dance Minors)

USDAN Summer Performing Arts Camp Tap and Jazz Teacher & Choreographer (2nd -12th Grade)

Tokyo and Osaka, Japan Swing Dance Workshops – Beg., Inter., Adv. (Adults)

Dong-A Academy, Korea English, Chorus (5th Grade)

... and more

Composition & Musical Theater Writing

Wish I Could Stay (CD w/band, solo) Guitar/Vocal, Music & Lyrics WFUV, The Bottom Line (Live Perf.)

Finding The Wonder - Lyrics (Music by D. Casado)  BMI Workshop, BAD Musical Theater Fest 

The Grunch - Book, Lyrics, Music (written with Denver Casado) - performed at The Broadway Workshop Children's Musical Theater Festival 2012 & more

Musicville Book. Lyrics (Music by Denver Casado) - performed at The Broadway Workshop Children's Musical Theater Festival 2011 & more

We Are Monsters - Book, Lyrics  (Music by Denver Casado) - performed by the Garden Players and community theaters around the country

Finding Home - Book, Lyrics (Music by Eddie Guttman) - performed by The Garden Players

Lemontales - Book, Lyrics, Music - performed by The Garden Players ((K-9th Grade)

... and more


N.Y.C.  H.S. of the Performing Arts  - Dance Major, Helen Tamaris Award

Marymount Manhattan College - BFA Acting, Gold Medal Theatre Award

Lehman Engel BMI Musical Theater Workshop - Lyricist Johnny Mercer Songwriting Workshop (Chicago, IL) - Lyricist

Voice Teachers: Betsy Norden (Metropolitan Opera Soloist), John Baylis (Broadway Performer), Victoria Clark (Broadway Performer), Bruce Kolb, Mile Griffith (renowned jazz artist)

Special Skills & Honors

Yoga, Children Songs and Parties, Argentine Tango Dancing, Swing Dancing.  NFAA Arts Honors Awardee in Tap.

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